I could choose between strawberry or French vanilla. I could choose between pistachio or butter pecan. Then I had to choose between either cup or cone. If I chose cone, I had to choose between a sugar or waffle cone. The choice was mine.
Just as with choosing ice cream flavors, so too is whether or not we choose to complain to God or call on God when life deals us daunting dilemmas. Some of us may choose to complain about the situations we find ourselves. We can choose to murmur and complain to God because our situations are painful or frightful. We can choose to complain because our situations seem overbearing and unexpected.
On the other hand, we can choose to call on God for His help and strength in the midst of our dilemmas. When we call on the Lord, we may request Him to relieve us of the situation or we may request His strength while going through the situation. We can call on God to walk along side of us until He relieves temporally or removes us eternally.
The Psalmist, David, reminds what to do in the midst of distress and daunting dilemmas. It was to call upon the Lord. Instead of complaining to God, he chooses to cry out for help and strength. Here is what the Bible says:
“I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me; the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.” Psalm 18:3-6 (English Standard Version)
Complaining does not offer relief or removal of the distress. Calling on the Lord may not result in immediate removal of the distress, but it does offer comfort. So the choice is ours. I pray that you choose to call on the Lord and not complain.
Rev. Dr. Ira Antoine is pastor of Minnehulla Baptist Church in Goliad